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Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb with Elan fabric and top-down bottom up option.

WHY BUY CUSTOM BLINDS OR SHUTTERS?

March 29, 2018

It’s been said that blinds are like “clothing for windows.” Like the right outfit, the right window treatment can help you feel comfortable and confident in your home. If you’re in the market for new blinds or shutters, you’ve likely invested time and money into building or remodeling your space. Adding what is often the finishing piece—window fashions—is not the time to short-change your home décor and the vibe it creates for you and your family. It’s time to go custom!


Here are four reasons to buy custom instead of off-the-shelf window treatments:

1. They will fit your windows, exactly. There’s no such thing as a perfectly standard-size window. Measurements vary from house to house. Custom window treatments are measured for precise length and width, to fit your preference for mounting inside or outside the window trim, or to fit an oddly shaped window. Custom measurement means no worries about your new blind being too short or too long.

2. You can choose from a larger selection of better quality fabrics and materials. Hunter Douglas offers a huge array of high quality fabrics ranging from classic to texture to woven natural reeds and grasses. Fabrics are available with UV ratings that protect your home furnishings from fading and other UV light damage. Shutters are offered in both natural premium hardwoods and innovative hybrids. And the list of colors and other decorating options is extensive. No matter what style you choose, there will be something to match or complement your décor.

3. You can select high quality options that add value. Custom window treatments from Hunter Douglas are available with a choice of operating systems, such as PowerView motorization, innovative light control options such as top-down, bottom-up, and privacy features such as room darkening fabrics or dual roller options.

4. You can achieve a truly unique look that expresses your personality. Decorating today is personal and emotional. It’s ok, and even preferable, to express an eclectic style that makes your home the refuge you crave. Choosing custom window treatments helps you create the look you want, rather than settling for a pre-selected style and color from a store shelf.


I’d love to talk with you about all the benefits of custom window treatments and show you the virtually endless array of choices from Hunter Douglas. Call me at 630-292-3756, email at [email protected] or use the “Contact” form on this website.

Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

Hunter Douglas PowerView Motorization can be operated with an app on your mobile device or a stylish Pebble remote control.

HOW TO ENJOY BLIND AND SHUTTER OPERATION THAT'S EASY—AND SAFE

April 9, 2018

You’ve selected the right style of window treatment for your room, and it’s the perfect fabric and color for your décor. You’ve planned for energy efficiency, light control, privacy, and very important, adding beauty and style to your space. You’ve also considered UV light protection and even thought about cleaning and maintenance. But there’s one more essential feature to choose: your blind’s operating system.


A great operating system for any window treatment is easy and convenient to use, offers precise control, and is safe for children and pets. And it works perfectly with the particular blind or shutter you’ve chosen.


A big reason Just Right Blinds & Shutters offers Hunter Douglas window fashions is the quality and versatility of their operating systems. All are designed for easy and dependable use and with child and pet safety in mind.


Here’s a quick list of what’s available:

UltraGlide uses a wand to raise and lower shades and blinds.

LiteRise is a cordless system that with a light touch on the handle, lets you push up to raise the blind or pull down to lower it. The shade stays right where you place it.

Vertiglide is a vertical pleat or fold system ideal for side-to-side openings or sliding glass doors.

SoftTouch Motorization is a battery-powered system that allows you to operate the blind or shade by gently pulling down or pushing up a low-profile wand. The motorized operation lets you position the blind exactly where you prefer.

PowerView Motorization is an advanced wireless system that drives automated operation of window coverings. You can use a hand-operated Pebble remote or control the operation with your own smart device via the PowerView app, even from a remote location or based on an automatic schedule you set up. The PowerView system integrates with other smart-home devices to complete your home automation system.


Not all systems are available on all window treatments, and some include additional cost. Your Just Right Blinds design consultant—that’s me, Todd—is ready to guide you with expert advice on which Hunter Douglas operating system is right for you.

Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

Hunter Douglas Palm Beach Shutters stand up to heat and humidity. And now they can be motorized!

NEW MOTORIZATION OPTION FOR HUNTER DOUGLAS SHUTTERS

April 25, 2018

I like to think of window treatments solving problems, beautifully, of course! Some common problems faced by homeowners with adding or replacing window treatments include hard-to-reach windows, humid environments, blocking harsh sunlight, and adjusting for varying light levels during the day. Plus, there are always questions of style: Does this window treatment fit with my décor? Will I like the look?


An excellent answer to the above questions is Hunter Douglas Palm Beach Polysatin Shutters. These durable, fashionable shutters now offer the option of PowerView Motorization, making them an even more ideal choice for busy homeowners with hard-to-dress windows. Here are just a few ways Palm Beach Polysatin Shutters can work for you:


They’re perfect for hot and humid environments. Looking to cover a window in a bathroom? Or one exposed to harsh sunlight for most of the day? Hunter Douglas Palm Beach Polysatin Shutters combine the crisp luster of a finely painted shutter with the toughness of UV-resistant Polysatin compound. So they’re guaranteed to never warp, crack, fade, chip, peel or discolor.


Now they’re super convenient to operate. Hunter Douglas has just added PowerView Motorization as an option for Palm Beach Shutters. What could be better for a hard-to-reach window over a bath tub, or one high over an entryway? You can tilt louvers hands-free, plus operate top and bottom louver sections independently if you add a divider rail or split tilt. And you can use the PowerView app to schedule your shutters to adjust for added security while you’re away or reposition according to the sun’s daily patterns, an energy saver both summer and winter.


They’re a beautiful addition to your home. The battery pack for motorization is hidden in the top or bottom rails, so there’s nothing to distract from the beauty of these shutters. And if you’re looking for a simple, clean, sophisticated style that fits seamlessly into your home, you can’t go wrong with this classic design.


As an added bonus, Hunter Douglas includes an exclusive override feature that allows manual louver operation without engaging the motor. So there are no concerns about either you or a guest approaching the window and tilting a louver by hand—the shutter will work with you!


I’d love to tell you more about Hunter Douglas Palm Beach Polysatin

Shutters and their new PowerView Motorization option. Just call or text me at 630-292-3756.

Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades help protect your furnishings from fading caused by UV light.

5 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT UV LIGHT IN YOUR HOME

May 23, 2018

1. UV (ultraviolet) light is invisible to the human eye, is the shortest wavelength on the light spectrum, and is the single largest factor in the fading of fabrics, carpets and other home furnishings.

2. UV radiation can damage fabric in a surprisingly short amount of time, and the rays can penetrate your home even on a cloudy, gray day.

3. UV damage is caused by a chemical process. The rays transform the water found in all fabrics into hydrogen peroxide, bleach that fades dye.

4. Fading is either a loss of color or a reduction in color saturation. The amount of fading caused by UV light is also influenced by the type of coloring agent in the fabric, temperature, humidity, wear and abrasion.

5. Today’s homes are more prone to UV radiation because modern design favors larger windows with clearer glass and modern, environmentally friendly fabrics are more water-based, making their color less stable.


4 WAYS YOU CAN PREVENT UV LIGHT DAMAGE IN YOUR HOME (without living in the dark)


1. Look for carpet and upholstery fabrics that are more resilient to fading. For example, polyester blends fade less readily than silk.

2. Note that lighter fabrics tend to fade less quickly than darker ones. While you don’t have to decorate your home in exclusively light colors, you might want to avoid darker colors near a large expanse of windows.

3. Rotate furnishings that light hits consistently. This helps any fading to be more consistent, such as on a sofa where one side or corner is in the direct line of sunlight. Flip chair or sofa cushions from time to time so both sides get equal exposure.

4. Add quality window treatments that are designed to protect against UV damage. Hunter Douglas has several outstanding products that offer significant protection for your rugs and furniture, while still letting you enjoy natural light and the outside view. Consider Designer Screen Shades, available in over 260 fabrics from 14% to 0% openness. Silhouette Shadings block up to 88% UV light even with the vanes open, while Pirouette shadings block up to 81% of UV rays with vanes open.


Ask Just Right Blinds about which Hunter Douglas blinds will work best in your home to protect against UV rays. I have lots of options to share!

Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds can be part of casual summer decor.

How to Refresh Your Summer Décor

June 5, 2018

Warm, sunny days, fresh breezes through the windows, patio gatherings of family and friends. It’s summer, and it’s a great time to let your décor mirror the beauty outside. Here are some tips and trends:


Add plants for a fresh and airy feel. Greenery softens a room and goes with the trend toward natural furnishings and fabrics and a range of green tones from forest to emerald.


Blur the boundaries between outside and in. Along with plants, use color, fabrics, accessories and window treatments to help your room connect with nature and appear larger than the four walls.


Add tropical prints to décor and table settings. Nothing says summer like a bold tropical print on pillows, throws or tablecloths.


Accessorize with bold pops of brilliant color. Color trends for this summer include inky blues, “ice cream colors” such as coral, peach, turquoise and pink, and metallic gold. If you’re feeling ambitious, paint one wall in a summer trend color, or add eye-catching accessories such as vases, picture frames, mirrors, lamp shades and artwork.


Go with a carefree, easy look. Summer is all about kicking back, and you can let your décor relax too. Try a messy pile of pillows on a couch, casual table setting, informal arrangement of unmatched chairs, a funky, creative setting for a family room office.


Choose window treatments that let in the light and view while maintaining privacy. Hunter Douglas has numerous options. Silhouette, Pirouette and Luminette shadings and sheers offer precise light and privacy control while preserving an outside view. Screen shades come in various degrees of openness and a wide variety of interesting fabrics. Palm Beach Polysatin Shutters are a popular option with wide louvers to let in lots of light and a HiddenTilt operating system that provides an unobstructed view. PowerView Motorization is a convenient option to tilt louvers open or closed.


I’d love to consult with you about window treatments that can complete your summer décor. Just call or text me at 630-292-3756. Happy summer!

Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

For a dramatic statement, decorate with Hunter Douglas Skyline Gliding Window Panels in a textured fabric.

5 Ways Window Treatments Can Help You Decorate 

July 2, 2018

Just the thought of living a few days with bare windows, and you quickly appreciate the many functions window fashions serve. They give privacy. Reduce glare. Filter light. Insulate from heat or cold.


But window treatments are also a huge part of your home décor. The right blind, shade or shutter makes a space look finished. It can anchor a room’s overall design and be an impressive focal point. And, perhaps most important, it can be an exciting reflection of your personal style, whether that’s classic, country, contemporary , eclectic or something you can’t even quite pin down.


So what are some ways you can best use window treatments to make your home not just more beautiful but an integral part of your decorating theme for every room in the house? Here are five tips:


1. For a soft, elegant appearance, try roman shades such as Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shades. Choose a neutral color that will blend with the rest of the room.

2. Like a modern, contemporary look? Cellular shades such as Hunter Douglas Duette Honeycomb Blinds offer a clean, tailored, even calming feel. If your walls are neutral, select a darker colored shade to break up a light color scheme or to match a darker piece of furniture.

3. Want to make your family room more casual? Wood blinds are a great choice. Hunter Douglas offers Parkland Wood Blinds or EverWood Alternative Wood Blinds. For a crisper, more modern take on casual, select custom shutters such as Hunter Douglas NewStyle Hybrid Shutters.

4. Tired of the vertical blinds on your sliding glass door? Try a brightly colored or patterned screen shade for a dramatic change, or gliding panels such as Hunter Douglas Skyline Gliding Window Panels. For added drama, select a fabric with a geometric pattern.

5. Need a simple, clean treatment for a bedroom, but also want a cozy touch? Roller shades in a textured fabric can be a great choice. Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades are available in over 330 fabrics from sheer to opaque.


There is a Hunter Douglas style, color and fabric choice just waiting to match your décor and personal taste! And as a shop-at-home service, Just Right Blinds will bring all the options to your doorstop. Just call or text me at 630-292-3756 or contact us on this website.


Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades block harsh sunlight while preserving your view.

Beat the Late Summer Heat!

August 3, 2018

Screen shades are a stylish yet simple way to block harsh sunlight while preserving your view. Plus, they help provide excellent UV protection and expand your decorating choices. 


The Hunter Douglas line of Designer Screen Shades is a great way to achieve these benefits for any room in your home, as well as a sunroom or covered patio. Here’s what they offer:


Outstanding light control and UV protection without losing your view. Fabrics are available ranging from 14% to 0% openness, so you can choose how much light you want to block and view you want to keep. All fabrics reduce UV light to help shield your furnishings, flooring and artwork from UV ray damage.


A vast selection of beautiful fabrics in a variety of colors, textures, designs and opacities. Fabric collections include trending grays and textured weaves as well as polyester screen fabrics that perform like a solar screen while still maintaining a softer designer look. Plus, you can coordinate your screen shade fabric choice with fabrics for Hunter Douglas Designer Roller Shades and Skyline Gliding Window Panels.


Your choice of operating systems, including a standard custom clutch that minimizes light gap on both sides and is easy to lift. Cordless systems are available to enhance child safety, including the new Hunter Douglas SoftTouch Motorization option.


You can customize your screen shades with optional top and bottom treatments, including a range of cassette shapes and sizes and fabric valances.


Want a cooler, shadier patio or sunroom? Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Patio Shades can add a welcome layer of light control plus a dramatic decorative touch to any covered outdoor space.


Hunter Douglas Designer Screen Shades are a distinctive, decorative and highly practical addition to your home or patio. Call me at 630-292-3756 or contact us on this website to learn more! I’d be happy to bring samples of these beautiful shades into your home or covered patio to demonstrate how you can still beat the summer heat!


Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

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Hunter Douglas specialty window size, arch window treatment, Parkland wood blinds

FIVE WAYS TO WORK WITH A WINDOW TREATMENT SPECIALIST

February 23, 2018

You’ve just moved into a new home and the windows are bare. Or you’ve been making do with well-worn roller shades that block out your view with the light. There’s that oddly shaped arch window you have no idea how to cover. The shutters in your bathroom have cracked and warped. You’re tired of the vinyl verticals on your kitchen slider.


When it’s time to cover new windows or update your old treatments, a window treatment specialist can help you sort through the seemingly endless options on the market and select the right treatment for your home and budget. Here’s how to make the most of this expertise:

  1. Research the styles you like and dislike. Collect photos online of your preferences. Good places to start are hunterdouglas.com or the website of your specialist.
  2. Before you meet with your specialist, talk to him about your needs and ideas. Tell him how many windows you’d like to cover, which rooms they are in and what you’d like the window treatments to do for your home.
  3. Schedule the appointment during daylight hours. Light transforms colors and fabrics, and daylight gives you the best look at how samples match your décor.
  4. Ask questions and compare options. In addition to window size and treatment style, both fabric choice and operating system impact price and how well the window fashion meets your needs.
  5. Ask about customer rebates. Hunter Douglas frequently offers mail-in rebates on popular blinds and shadings.

Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

Hunter Douglas Solera blinds with top-down, bottom up option.

FOUR DÉCOR TRENDS IN 2018

March 2, 2018

Trends aren’t just for fashion runways or the homes of the rich and famous. Staying up to date on general movements in color and design helps as you look to keep your home décor fresh and interesting. Here are four ideas you can adapt to everything from furniture to accents to window coverings:

  1. Bold, bright colors and patterns: Designers are leaning toward colors that create a warm, sunny outlook along with geometric shapes and patterns that convey a sense of playfulness and fun. It’s not that neutrals are out—their muted tones still create a great backdrop for splashy accent colors or fluid color schemes that harmonize and blend. When you select window treatments, choose a line that offers a wide selection of colors and fabrics.
  2. Natural textures and layering: The organic trend has reached décor, with designers choosing woven fabrics, grasses, bamboo and warm walnut woods. Woven wood shades and wood blinds and shutters are just a few examples of window treatments that take advantage of this trend. And different textures can work side by side for a trendy layered look. For example, a room darkening shade can be used behind sheers for privacy and light control.
  3. Letting in natural light: Today’s designers love sheer fabrics that bring in the beauty of the natural world. The trick is to gently filter the light so it doesn’t harm your furnishings or take away your privacy. Light-filtering window shadings with vanes that can be easily adjusted to balance light and privacy are on trend for 2018.
  4. Curved designs: A well-placed curve delivers a burst of style to a rectangular room. You can extend this design concept to your window treatments with blinds that use curved vanes, beautiful folds or soft, sculptured cellular construction.

Want to make the most of these trends? Focus on ones you see yourself adopting for a long time. Select and adapt trends that complement your overall home design so you make sure all your choices work for you.

Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters

Hunter Douglas Sonnette Cellular Roller Shades

HOW DO I CLEAN MY NEW BLINDS OR SHUTTERS?

March 15, 2018

The day you get your new window treatments installed, how to keep them clean is likely the last thing on your mind. And it’s true—all Hunter Douglas products are made for a lifetime of wear-resistant, trouble-free performance. Many of the shade fabrics are specially treated to repel dust and dirt. And Hunter Douglas aluminum blinds are treated with Dust Shield™, an anti-static paint additive that inhibits dust build-up.


So it’s pretty easy to keep your Hunter Douglas blinds or shutters looking their best! Light dusting or gentle vacuuming on a regular basis will keep your blinds, shades or shutters looking new and fresh for years to come.


Here are tips on cleaning methods:

Dusting: Light dusting with a clean, soft cloth works well for most blinds, shades, sheers and shutters.

Vacuuming: Vacuum gently with the brush attachment of any vacuum cleaner, using a vertical stroke. However, do not use a brush attachment on any sheer fabrics, such as Luminette Privacy Sheers, Silhouette or Pirouette shadings.

Hair dryer: Use the non-heat setting to blow dust off selected blinds or shutters.

Spot-cleaning: Unfortunately, stains happen. Many shades and blinds can be spot cleaned with a soft, clean cloth or sponge moistened with lukewarm water and, if needed, a little mild detergent. Blot gently—do not rub—to avoid creasing or damaging fabric. Note that Alustra Silhouette and Silhouette shadings and certain honeycomb and Sonnette fabrics should not be spot cleaned.

Ultrasonic cleaning: Professional ultrasonic cleaning is recommended for several Hunter Douglas products, such as Luminettes and many types of Silhouette, Pirouette and Vignette blinds, depending on fabric and opacity. Check the instructions that came with your new blinds to see if ultrasonic cleaning is recommended.

What about wood and faux woods or aluminum or vinyl blinds?

For alternative wood (such as New Style Shutters or EverWood blinds), reduce static cling and help repel dust by wiping the wood slats with dryer sheets. Do not use abrasive cleaners or chemical solvents!

Clean wood blinds or shutters (such as Parkland Wood Blinds or Heritance Shutters) with a dry, soft feather duster, or clean, soft cloth or dusting mitt. You can also vacuum wood blinds or shutters with a soft brush attachment.

Clean Palm Beach Polysatin shutters with mild soap and water. No ammonia-based products!

For aluminum and vinyl blinds, use an over-the-counter blind cleaner with a soft cloth. For vinyl and aluminum vertical blinds, reduce static electricity by applying a very thin film of gentle detergent on the vanes.


And finally, some other helpful tips:

When you clean your windows, spray the glass cleaner directly on a cloth rather than directly on the window. This prevents spills or splatters on fabric blinds or wood finishes.

Concerned with wrinkles in your fabric blinds? Gentle steaming can remove wrinkles from some fabrics. Use a hand-held travel-size steamer rather than a heavy duty model.


Questions? Call me, Todd Zimmerman, at Just Right Blinds & Shutters, 630-292-3756. Or, Hunter Douglas Customer Support is ready with product specific information on cleaning any blind or shutter you have purchased from Hunter Douglas. Call them at 1-844-486-8373.

Todd

Just Right Blinds & Shutters